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    Just what is "news?"

    Since we're on the subject of peeves, how about this?

    Has anyone else noticed how much news coverage now is "predictive" rather than "reportive?"

    What I'm talking about is, "This afternoon the President will give a speech in which he will say..."

    Or, "Today's housing starts report is expected to show...."

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    Re: Just what is "news?"

    Yes - and the reason for this is (in part) because information gets out so much faster (and through more venues) so there is great pressure to remain "on top of the curve" by being predictive, as you note.

    Also, news has become much more interpretive and subjective than it generally was in the past.

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    Re: Just what is "news?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    Also, news has become much more interpretive and subjective than it generally was in the past.
    And most journalists don't realize even that they're doing it.


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    "And most journalists don't realize even that they're doing it."

    I'll agree with that; it's especially noticeable on subjects such as gun control, where you'll see repeated use of terms of approbation such as "the gun lobby" that immediately convey the bias of both the writer and his publication.


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    Re: Just what is "news?"

    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche
    Has anyone else noticed how much news coverage now is "predictive" rather than "reportive?"
    Air time is like a vacuum. It's that great sucking sound that drives these news people to report adnauseum about the most trivial stories. OK, so three guy's are lost on Mt Hood. There really isn't much of a story, but the news people are pro's at stretching it out. That gal who disappeared in Aruba. One girl disappears - over a year of reporting!

    I remember circa 1960, when we would sit in the grade school cafeteria - just waiting for a Mercury flight. It was torture even back then to hear the news people keep stalling, and stalling.

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    The news biz (and especially commentary) is more viciously competitive than ever; I am glad I am not in the thick of it anymore. Got my little oasis in the boonies - so Elvis left the building. Screw the rest of it.. it ain't worth the hassle!

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    Re: Just what is "news?"

    What I'm seeing is that most of the news is now entertainment news.

    It's most apparent on CNN, which now spends a lot of it's time on promoting other Time-Warner properties, rather than reporting on what's happening in the rest of the world. But you'll also see it on the morning programs (CBS pimping "Survivor", NBC pimping "Law & Order", etc)

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    Re: Just what is "news?"

    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche


    Has anyone else noticed how much news coverage now is "predictive" rather than "reportive?"
    I think that 'speculative' and provocative' have been overlooked.

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    Re: Just what is "news?"

    >>I think that 'speculative' and provocative' have been overlooked. <<

    While I have your attention, what did that GPS say about your speedometer?



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    Re: Just what is "news?"

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    What I'm seeing is that most of the news is now entertainment news.

    It's most apparent on CNN, which now spends a lot of it's time on promoting other Time-Warner properties, rather than reporting on what's happening in the rest of the world. But you'll also see it on the morning programs (CBS pimping "Survivor", NBC pimping "Law & Order", etc)

    Chip H.
    Yes - I especially loathe the incessant coverage of sports - as if the outcome of a football game constituted "news"! (One of my dark fantasies is that "Black Sunday" would come true....!)

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    Re: Just what is "news?"

    ...and let's not forget -"shocking"!

    Thanks, Geraldo...

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